Published by Shape.com
10 women who empower us to feel great about the skin we’re in
If you think thin is in, think again. There's a whole movement towards curvy-girl confidence and feeling great about the skin that you're in. While the average size in America is a size 14, most brands and designer are still catering to the size zero set. Until now. Plus-size style blogger Gabi Fresh recently made headlines when she posted pics of herself in a bathing suit that she termed a ‘Fatkini' and got an overwhelming response.
Meanwhile, Devoe Signature Events' Fourth Annual Full Figured Fashion Week™ just wrapped up in New York City, and similar events are popping up around the country in places like New Jersey and LA. It's a chance to highlight clothing styles and trends for fuller-figured women as well as empower women with curves to love their bodies just the way they are.
We went to 10 women who work in the plus-size fashion industry and asked them ‘what they love about their bodies.' Here's what they had to say!
"I love my athletic yet curvy figure. I'm confident with who I am and prove you don't have to be a size 2 to be a healthy woman. If you work at it, you can have a rockin' bod at any size!" - Jennifer Myers, plus-size model
"I love my hour glass figure because it perfectly fills out the vintage style clothing I love to wear. Thanks to my curves, I can dress like Marilyn Monroe every day." -SallyAnn Thibedeau, opera singer and model
"I have learned to embrace my body and shape through my years. I love my curves and shape, but most of all, I love my legs! I like the tone and shape of my thighs!" - Marie Denee, The Curvy Fashionista
"I am so much a split of my two parents-I am tall, curvy, soft, and strong. I am 5'8', love to laugh, have great hair, have beautiful feet, can fill out a bra and a pair of pants. Clothes like me!" - Maureen McClusky, plus-size model and stylist
"What I love most about my body are my legs. As a New Yorker, I LOVE to walk the city streets. Sometimes I walk for hours and my shapely legs are the product of my hobby." - Christina Mendez, plus-size model
Sarah, AKA DoubleXL
"I would say that I love everything about [my body], and I make sure to keep a healthy lifestyle to maintain it like it is since I'm a true believer that heath is wealth." - Sarah aka DoubleXL, blogger, QueenSizedFlava.com
"I love my body. I'm happy, healthy and my sexy curves make me feel like a woman!" - Chandler Jade, Curvy Kate lingerie model and finalist in Star in a Bra Contest
"My size does not define my worth. I have built a career around my passion, which is embracing my own unique beauty and healthy size 14 plus-size body." - Danielle Line, plus-size model
"It is rare to find realistic representations of women in the media, especially those of curvier proportions and those of color [like me]. I spread the news that shame is out for those who are curvy and well endowed, it is time to feel sexy and embrace our beauty!" - Krista Cousins, Curvy Kate lingerie model and finalist in Star in a Bra Contest
Dee Dee Johnson
"I love how my curves fill out my suits in the courtroom as well as my bathing suit on the beach!" - Dee Dee Johnson, model and private detective